Monday Growth Session | 21 August 2017, 8pm, Gubbio
Divine Mercy Prayer Group 16th Anniversary
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary | Fri 8 Sep 2017
CGS Pre-School Registration for 2018
#SMOTAprays - Parish Weekly Prayer Intentions
Share The Faith - Build The Body Of Christ
Musings: Friar Jason Richard, OFM
The Field Hospital
No “kampong” nights…….?
No gala dinners……?
No wine and dine sessions…..?
What’s happening to our beloved St Mary of the Angels’ Parish?
Are we losing our “identity” or are we just tired and out of ideas for those parties…?
Well, I am glad that I am not part of a community centre or a restaurant, rather I prefer being a medic in a Field Hospital. That’s what our Parish is transforming to be and striving to become everyday or if I can use Pope Francis’s anology:
“A field hospital after a battle”.
I am glad that the chief medic (Friar Clifford) gets frustrated when we are not doing enough for migrants and domestic workers…I am refreshed when the Senior medic (Friar Justin) is so detailed about administering communion service to the sick and the needy… I am equally inspired with the newly passed out combat medic (Friar Esmond) whenever he takes on lost souls.
But I have realised that we can’t do all this alone, We as one Eucharistic community need to understand medics doing triage on a battlefield are not going to be fussing about their patients’ cholesterol or blood sugar levels. They are going to be treating major wounds. It is crisis and critical treatment. Stemming the bleeding. And that’s what we find around us…
People are gravely wounded. They are alienated from God, stuck in the no-man’s land of moral relativism, adrift with no sense of direction, and tempted by every form of errant desire. They require, therefore, not the fine points of moral doctrine, but basic healing. Perhaps this explains why the Church’s altogether valid teachings on ethics are so often met with incomprehension or hostility: far more elemental instruction is required. More love and more balming!!!!
So forget the parties or the status!
Be that healer… Be that person who carries the wounded and the bloodied… Be that shoulder which does not droop amidst the battles of life……
Be part of St Mary of the Angels!!
St Bartholomew, Apostle; 24 Aug 2017, Thursday
Theme: Come, Taste & See the Goodness of God
Lucky Draw Winners
Congratulations to all the winners! Please collect your prize at the Parish Office.
Collection until 24 August 2017 only
|3rd Prize||- 04512|
|4th Prize||- 05976|
|12th Prize||- 01746|
|13th Prize||- 07580|
|15th Prize||- 07480|
Thank You Dinner for Stallholders, Volunteers, Sponsors & Support Groups
|When:||26 August, Saturday
Registration starts at 7:00 pm
|Venue:||St Clare Hall|
Dear Parents and Students,
Please take note that there will be NO Catechism sessions from this 18 Aug 2017 to 15 Sep 2017.
Sessions resume on 22/23 Sep 2017.
Parishioners are invited to join us on 24 August (Thursday) at 7.00pm Mass celebrated by Fr Clifford in our church; followed by Praise and Worship, Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and Fellowship/Potluck in St Clare Hall.
For logistics, please register with Margaret Kwoh at 9837 8331.
Saturdays @ 5pm / Sunday @ 6.45pm / Weekdays @ 7.45pm
Kindly call the Host family if you are joining them for Prayers. God bless!
|19 - 25 Aug||Sophie John; Blk 503 Bt Batok ST 52;||HP: 9028 1506 / 9108 0279|
|26 Aug - 1 Sep||Rosa Nan; Blk 653 B J West St 61;||HP: 9052 7189 / 9723 3773 (Jasmine)|
Note: Call : 9699 3134 Coordinator for more details.
Next Caregivers Support Group meeting is on Tue 29 Aug 2017.
8 September 2017 (Friday)
5.45 pm: Rosary Devotion in 6 languages
6.30 pm: Evening Prayers of the Church
7.00 pm: EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATION
8.00 pm: Dinner /Potluck Buffet @St Clare Hall
BLESSING OF THE CAKE & FOOD
8.30 pm: Screening: St Mary’s 13th May Celebration of OUR LADY OF FATIMA/
Photos of 7-Day Fatima Block Rosary (January – August 2017)
Fellowship with Guests & Parish communities
9.30 pm: Prayer for Peace
Organised by the Legion of Mary in collaboration with the Parish ministries and various ethnic communities of the Church of St Mary of the Angels.
Note: Kindly register at the Piazza if you intend to participate in the Dinner/Potluck Buffet.
This will help us ensure enough food for everyone attending.
Contact: 9699 3134 (Rosemary) or 98700668 (Monica).
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Montessori-based approach to faith formation for children, starting at 3+ years old. CGS-trained catechists endeavor to help each child encounter Jesus and develop a personal relationship with Him, the Good Shepherd, through “work” with sensory-rich material in a sacred space called the Atrium. Come and see for yourselves at our Introductory Session! Registration for 2018 sessions for new children will take place there.
Saturday, 7 October, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
@ The Atrium (Room B11)
Sun 10 Sep 2017, 9am - 11am
AES students and students of St Anthony’s Primary School will have a booth at the Piazza on 10 Sep to showcase Catholic Schools in Singapore in commemoration of Catholic Education Week. They will also encourage parents of P6 students to join AES for Secondary education to continue to give their children a catholic education and distribute pamphlets with information about their school programmes and announce their OPEN HOUSE which is on 19 November.
As part of nurturing a spirit of communion and community here at SMOTA, the parish features the intentions of our brothers and sisters. We may pray for, and with them each week.
Prayers are offered:
Here are some thankgiving letters received by St Clare’s Ministry. We celebrate as one body of Christ when a member of our family rejoices each time a prayer is answered. Let us never lose sight of those who are not able to rejoice, remembering that Christ loves us all and hears all our prayers.
The SMOTA App is being upgraded and will be unavailable. Registered users will be automatically added once the upgrade is complete.
The upgrade promises a discipleship tool which will be more engaging and bring value to the community and you.
The amalgamation of the Parish’s young adult groups has given rise to the new Portiuncula Ministry!
Portiuncula is calling out all youths aged between 18 to 35 to join its big family.
Portiuncula will meet regularly every Saturday, 7.30pm.
Interested individuals may direct your enquiries to email@example.com
“Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.” - CCC 2226
The parish team reminds all parents that we are here to help and support you in the beautiful task of forming your children in the faith. The spiritual life and development of your children rests on your daily Christian witness and will go a long way in helping your child engage with the world and progress in his/her faith in the future.
In the midst of school commitments, extra-curricular activities and familial obligation, a young person should grow to focus on God. How else will he or she truly believe in a God who always focuses His love on him or her?
Make Catechesis a priority!
The parish leadership team is currently looking for medical and security professionals to join Parish Emergency Response teams beginning in January 2017.
The following ministries are looking for members who wish to serve God’s people during the weekend. If you have the time and have been moved to consider helping the parish, please feel free to contact our friendly ministry leaders!
We need someone who is proficient with Microsoft Access to create a database program for Pastoral Work. Please send your contact to Fr Justin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Volunteer Van Drivers Needed For Church Van
We invite drivers who have experience driving vans to drive our church van for Ministry of Consolation (MOC) wake prayers as well as pastoral visits.
Please register at the Parish Office.
The parish is facing a severe shortage of catechists to meet the growing number of children coming to us for formation. In our efforts to assist and support parents in raising their children in the faith, the parish is appealing for lay men and women to consider sharing the faith with our young. Parents, especially, are encouraged to consider if they have the time. If you are qualified to raise a child in faith, you are probably qualified to pass on the faith to others. Trainings and formation are provided by the parish to assist you.
Some facts about our parish situation:
|Total Children Enrolled||1,227|
|Total Catechists Needed||130|
|Total Catechists Currently||81|
In the near future, the Archdiocese will mandate that every group must have two adults, above 21years present in the room. This has raised our catechists need to 130 for the children aged 7-15yrs old. As you can see, we are short of about 50 Catechists!
Those interested to support our parents in the formation of their children, please contact our Catechetical Coordinator, Agatha at email@example.com
Sunday 11am Choir
The Sunday 11am choir is looking for pianists and other vocalists who are willing to share the blessing of their voices and skills with others. We invite you to consider joining the Choir and serve through music each week. Those interested can approach Ethan (or any choir member) after the Sunday 11am Mass.
|Ministry||Help Needed||Contact Person and Details|
Agatha Cheong (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rose Noronha (email@example.com)
Sun 11am Choir
Canticle Books + Gifts
Anna Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Manning the frontdesk